While the city may put on a good facsimile of a celebration for NASCAR’s biggest race, in actuality, the streets are more likely to be crowded with commuters than they are with cheering fans.
And if you’ve ever been to Texas Motor Speedway, then you know that parking is tight. Especially at the beginning and end of the race, when there are lots of personnel and crew members moving around, and when the cars are coming in and out for technical inspection, respectively.
It’s worth your while to find a parking space near the entrance and then the exit of the speedway. You can also get a discounted rate before the race or after it if you are purchasing a wristband.
The Many Amenities At The Speedway
Even before you park, you’ll find that the speedway offers a plethora of amenities for the spectators. From the luxury suites for the television commentators to the ample opportunities for photographers and videographers, the race track boasts a number of interesting features.
One of the things that drew me to this year’s race was the opportunity to watch the drivers walk the dog. While some may view this as an odd or even morbid pastime, I find it fascinating to watch the large breeds of dogs – such as the St. Bernard – as they sniff around for cars, and occasionally catch one.
Where To Watch The Event
With so much going on at the track, and considering that parking is tight and the lines can be long, it’s worth your while to sit down with a map and plot out the best places to view the race. From the comfort of your home, you can access numerous live TV options, whether streaming through an app or visiting wwwn.com.
Some of the better places for you to view the race are:
- Section 109 – This is the spot that I’ve been recommending for years. It’s outside the gate, so you won’t have to worry about getting ticketed for trespassing. Plus, you get a great view of the race from here.
- Section 131 – This is another great spot that doesn’t have the advertising banners hanging from the roof like some of the other options. Plus, it gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire track.
- Section 144 – This is the best viewing spot I’ve found so far, as it gives you a perfect view of the entire track without the ads in the way. Plus, it feels like you’re right in the middle of the action.
- Section 209 – This is also a great spot for an unobstructed view of the track. You can’t miss it, as it’s the section closest to the exit.
- Section 231 – This is the final spot I’ll recommend, as it gives you an unobstructed view of the track, albeit from the center. Plus, the beer garden here is a great place to be on a hot summer night.
How To Get There
If you’re driving, then you’ll want to take I-45 southbound for a few miles, exiting at Speedway Boulevard. From there, you’ll need to head westbound on Speedway Boulevard until it becomes Turtle Creek Parkway. Continue driving west on the six lane parkway until you reach the speedway. The entrance is on the left, near the railroad tracks. You can also find a public parking lot next to the stadium, which will save you a few bucks.
If you’re flying in, then you’ll want to arrive at the airport early – especially if you’re driving. Flying into DFW Airport during the week is relatively painless, as there aren’t that many people trying to land at the same time. Flying on a Saturday is a whole different story, as you’ll have to contend with many more passengers trying to make their way to their destinations. There is also the option of driving directly to the hotel and parking your car there. Some of the more luxurious hotels even offer parking as part of their service, so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space once you’re in town.